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Reversing Heart Disease
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5 risk factors for heart disease
Dr. Peter Salgo with guest, Dick Dubois and Dr. Jason Pacos

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The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke
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(Source: CDC) Coronary artery disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries). Plaque is made up of cholesterol deposits, which can accumulate in your arteries. When this happens, your arteries can narrow over time. This process is called atherosclerosis.

Plaque buildup can cause angina, the most common symptom of CAD. This condition causes chest pain or discomfort because the heart muscle doesn't get enough blood. Over time, CAD can weaken the heart muscle. This may lead to heart failure, a serious condition where the heart can't pump blood the way that it should. An irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, can also develop.

For some people, the first sign of CAD is a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when plaque totally blocks an artery carrying blood to the heart. It also can happen if a plaque deposit breaks off and clots a coronary artery.

Some conditions as well as some lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. All persons can take steps to lower their risk of heart disease and heart attack by addressing these risk factors. Control of risk factors is especially need by people who already have heart disease.

You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.

Source:  http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm

 

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